Scientific Internship: Light-induced superconductivity

Date posted April 8, 2022
Type Scientific Internships

Superconductivity is a fascinating state of matter where electron pairs flow without resistance. Superconductivity at ambient temperature and pressure is the greatest unfulfilled dream in physics and materials science. Recently, it was predicted that by embedding a two-dimensional electron system (2DES) and an excitonic system in an optical cavity, the 2DES can undergo a transition for a superconducting state as the light intensity in the cavity increases. In principle, this transition may occur even at room temperature. During the past 4 years, we have been developing an experimental setup to test this idea for the first time. We are finally ready for experiments, and we search for a MSc student to join this effort. By joining this project, you will  learn how to perform correlated electrical and optical measurements of materials inside an optical cavities at variable temperatures.  You will also acquire nano-fabrication skills, and develop methods to control optical cavities with high precision. 

About the group

In the Interacting Photons group we search for new physics emerging from nonlinear and quantum behavior of light.  We focus on nano-scale systems where light and matter interact strongly. We have strong connections to other groups in the Netherlands, France, and UK. You will have extensive support from the group leader, other team members, and the technical staff at AMOLF. You will have access to a world-wide unique tunable cavity setup in a closed-cycle cryostat, and a unique set of materials synthesized at AMOLF.


You have a Bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry or biology and will participate in a Master study during the entire internship period. The internship must be a mandatory part of your curriculum. You have a nationality of an EU member state and/or you are a student at a Netherlands University. Please note: As of January 2021 the UK is no longer an EU member state. You must be available for at least 5 months.

Terms of employment

At the start of the traineeship your trainee plan will be set out, in consultation with your AMOLF supervisor.

Contact info

dr. Said R. K. Rodriguez
Group leader Interacting Photons
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

You can respond to this vacancy online via the button below.
Please annex your:
–  Resume;
–  List of followed courses plus grades.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and as soon as an excellent match is made, the position will be filled.

Online screening may be part of the selection.

AMOLF is highly committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment. Hence, we greatly encourage candidates from any personal background and perspective to apply.

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